Thursday, July 24, 2008

Win some, lose some

You know how a lot of people with gardens have a proliferation of zucchini right now? How they have so much they run out of people to give it to and they get so sick of it they end up making zucchini breads and cakes and cookies? Well, lets just say, that doesn't happen to everyone.

Sad, sad, sad. Looks like those 2 squash in the last post aren't going to be followed by similar ones anytime soon. Squash vine borers have made a mess of my summer squash plants. I tried extracting them (Ew! Ew ew ew!!!!!) and covering the stems with dirt but afraid it's just too late. There are just no fruits on these plants to be seen anywhere. I'll probably pull them out this weekend and maybe start again. If I plant the seeds soon and keep a closer eye out for these buggers I might get a little crop at the end of the season. For now I guess I'll just have to keep an eye on the pretty peppers and the pretty tomatoes that should be ready for harvesting any day now...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Garter and Greens

The Baby Blanket for my future nephew is done!

Pattern: How to Log Cabin from Mason Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Knitpicks Comfy, 10 balls, 2 balls each color, a little more of the Honeydew color for seaming and the border
Needles: Size 6 Bamboo Circulars
Result: Love it. Good yarn, great pattern, seems pretty baby-appropriate. I would knit this pattern again. Seriously. I like knitting a lot of garter stitch but the color changes give it enough visual interest to not get completely boring. I think if I had to knit a garter stitch square this size I would probably have gotten bored to tears. But the pattern makes it fun. I even survived the seaming and weaving of ends and i-cord border. Definitely a success!

Now all I want to do is dive into the new Peaches and Creme yarn that arrived the other week.

But I'm trying to do the right thing and use up the rest of the Comfy. I did originally purchase 20 balls, so yeah, I have quite a bit left over. For some reason I've decided to try to use it up by making these blocks.

The pattern is from this Knitting for Baby Book. For some reason it's a lot tougher than it looks. I mean knit a bunch of squares and sew them together right? Wrong! For some reason it's tough. I don't know if it's because I'm using a different yarn or there's give in the foam blocks or the seaming is... well there's just a lot of it. I think because the blocks are so small it almost feels like there's as much seaming as knitting. Yeah, exactly, ick. Anyway, I have 6 small blocks. I'm making those and that's it. I think that's enough for a baby to have a good time with.

In non knitting news the recession garden is finally producing a harvest!

I haven't had an overabundance of anything just yet but that's ok. I have lots of green tomatoes about to turn red and lots of tiny peppers and tiny cucumbers on the way. I'm just happy the plants still seem healthy and I'm still really enjoying it. There will be garden photos in the coming week I promise. And hopefully pictures of it's spoils too! Yum!